Black Sheep

[Kârâ-Koin-loo ]. A tribe of Turkomans, so called from their standards. This tribe was extirpated by the White Sheep (q.v.).

A Black Sheep. A disgrace to the family; a mauvais sujet; a workman who will not join in a strike. Black sheep are looked on with dislike by shepherds, and are not so valuable as white ones.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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